On Jan. 24, 2016, I lost my husband Daniel Gasparello. He was my best friend, my soul mate, my confidant and the love of my life. We met 33 years ago in a popular Locust Valley bar named Marbles and the rest, as they say, was history.
Dan moved to Locust Valley with his family when he was 14 years old. He attended Locust Valley High School and was part of the Class of 1967. For many years his photographs were published in the Locust Valley Leader. He left home to attend college, but he eventually returned and opened his own business, Locust Valley Rent & Fix. The shop was originally located underneath the Leader’s offices. Dan worked hard to grow and build the business, so that he was able to move to his own location on Forest Avenue. He became a vital part of the Locust Valley community. He was a caring man who wanted to help people, and he always did it with a smile.
Not only was he a talented photographer, but he loved woodworking as well. He enjoyed sailing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. He looked forward to vacations at Hershey Park and Stowe, Vermont. Dan and I had two children, whom he loved very much. He was a wonderful father and a loving husband. We are brokenhearted to be without him.
Over the past two months, I have been so touched by the kindness and generosity of the Locust Valley and Glen Cove communities. I would like to thank the Locust Valley Fire Department, Locust Valley Cemetery, The Basil Leaf Café, The Locust Valley Deli, Locust Valley Pizza, Locust Valley Florist, First Presbyterian Church of Oyster Bay, Jim and Kathy Coniglione, The Barry Family, The Brown Family, The Costella Family, The Wiesner Family, Paul Hoffman, The Glen Cove City School District, The Glen Cove Teacher’s Association, The Glen Cove Council of PTAs, The Glen Cove High School PTSA, The R. M. Finley Middle School PTA, our friends who are here, and our friends who came from far away, and of course both of our families. I also would like to thank the people who made a contribution to the GoFundMe account that is set up for Rachel and Matthew’s education. It is greatly appreciated.
I will try to be strong for my family, but some days are more difficult than others. I will try to find comfort in the fact that so many people have reached out to me with love and support. Thank you all.